For 30 years Cedarworks has salvaged the fallen, giant cedars from the remnants of the "Big Scrub" which once covered the area and carefully milled them into premium slabs, boards and squares. The glorious timber is then air dried in 700 square metres of warehouse before becoming available to the customer. Other timbers available include NSW Rosewood, White Beech, Silver Ash, Silky Oak, Crows Ash and hardwoods like Spotted Gum and Forest Red Gums. Cedarworks has a full scale joinery for detailed matching and processing as well as making timber furniture. For specialty timber orders, large or small, Cedarworks can supply quality timber products to anywhere in Australia.
The initial part of Cedarworks involves the salvage of rare timber logs. These are predominately species which grow in subtropical rainforests. They are valuable because they are rare as most of the rainforest of eastern Australia is preserved in National parks and Reserves. So the logs Cedarworks harvests are on private property in remnants of rainforest scrubs. Some of these logs have been lying on the forest floor for centuries, others are available because the land is being cleared for agriculture or the tree has simply died. Whatever, the logs come at a price. The landowner wants a royality for his resource, this is usually a premium rate for this type of timber, the logs are usually in steep or awkward locations ( that’s why they are still there ) and require big and specialised equipment to retrieve them. A large bulldozer is the preferred apparatus and expensive. The logs can be odd shaped and difficult to load and then there is the transport back to Cedarworks for processing. A wide bandsaw mill is used to saw the logs into boards, slabs and squares for furniture. The bandsaw mill has a blade thickness of less then 2mm so waste of the precious cargo is minimised. Once sawn, which requires turning the log on the mill several times to get the best face of the boards, the sawn timber is racked out to dry. Each piece is stacked with timber spacers between them to allow for airflow and decrease the drying time. The rule of thumb being ‘ one year for every 25mm of thickness’. Some of the large sections of timber take 5 – 10 years to dry.
Once sawn and dry the timber is ready to use.
When a customer enquires about a furniture piece a design process is undertaken. This involves sketches and discussions about style, shape, design and of course, timber. A final concept drawing shows the customer a ‘snap-shot’ of what the piece will look like. Drawings are formalised showing detail and dimensions and construction can start. The absolute best timber is selected from material sawn from the one tree. This ensures a consistency of grain and colour. The timber is carefully selected before being straightened and planed to detailed dimensions. Cedarworks uses the best German built machinery to ensure accuracy during this process. Shaping of pieces to be characteristic of the design is carried out and precision joinery completed to ensure quality and life long integrity of the furniture . Most of this construction stage involves hand skills and hand tools to achieve a custom made product. Finally, a finish of choice is applied to provide a lustrous sheen to the furniture. This finishing process is critical to the end result, often involving hours of hand rubbed polishing.
All timbers can be cut and machined to detail, orders are available pre-straightened and thicknessed via the best Italian wood making machinery. Any size order is available with delivery throughout Australia.
Salvaged logs are efficiently sawn into the most suitable sizes using a PORTAMILL DYNA SAW, 2mm kerf and 1000mm maximum width.
Rare native furnishing timbers are sawn and carefully stacked for air drying, a range of species in a range of sizes are allowed to dry slowly. Some of the stock in storage was sawn over 20 years ago. The shed holds stocks of premium quality, Australian furniture timbers ready for use.
Only the finest quality furnishing timbers are available, from select flooring species to large Red cedar slabs. Cedarworks also designs and creates furniture pieces to commission from absoulte select quality woods.